The football fraternity has been hit harder by the death of the former Orlando Pirates striker Ian Palmer. It is believed that he died on Thursday morning. We would like to send our sincere condolences to the Palmer family, friends, and relatives during these dark times. May his soul rest in eternal peace and thanks for the great memories in football.
Palmer was regarded as one of the best strikers in Mzansi during his playing days. However, he ended up retiring from playing football due to kidney complications. It is believed that he died at the age of 55 due to Covid-19 related complications. Now, the former Bafana Bafana coach Augusto Palacious has paid his tribute to the late Palmer. As they worked closely over the years and helped introduce Palmer onto the coaching scene at Pirates. He has further gone on to coach the likes of Black Leopards and even Maritzburg United within his career. "I am saddened at the passing away of Ian Palmer. He was a very nice person and we have kept in contact," said Palacious talking to KickOff.com about the unfortunate passing of Palmer. "He was in the same group of Bashin Mahlangu and Tebogo Moloi that came through under my wing while still at the Orlando Pirates development academy."
Also, Palmer's agent Karabo Mathang confirmed the unfortunate news of the former Bucs striker. Furthermore, Palacious stated that he felt that Palmer was an incredible coach who was destined for bigger and better things within his career. It was easier to see the impact he has had on teams he previously coached due to his immense knowledge about football. "There was no doubt that he was destined for a great coaching career. He did well with all the teams he coached in South Africa. My deepest condolences to his family, relatives, and friends. May his soul rest in peace," concluded Palacious talking to KickOff.com.
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